DySport was originally developed and manufactured in Ireland, and licensed in the 1990’s, as a therapeutic treatment, for neuromuscular disorders such as cervical dystonia, or severe muscle spasms of the neck. Manufactured by Ipsen and Medicis, Dysport (formerly named Reloxin), was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009.
It is made of abobotulinumtoxinA, the same (botulinum toxin type A) as BOTOX®, and is used cosmetically to treat frown lines, formed by the glabellar muscles.
How Dysport Works And Results
Dysport works on the same principle as BOTOX®. It is a drug made from botulinum toxin type A, which is injected into specific muscles, paralyzing them, in order to temporarily smooth out, or lessen facial wrinkles. Although both Dysport and BOTOX® were originally approved for use as treatments for muscle spasms, doctors found that they could also be used to block the signal from nerve to muscle to lessen facial lines or wrinkles in the same manner.
The injection procedure should be performed by an experienced professional in a clinical setting, or a hospital. The procedure takes between 10-20 minutes, and one injection is given to the patient in 5 different points, between and over the eyebrows. You may begin seeing results in 1-7 days, and follow-up injections should be administered every 90 days.
Common Side Effects
- Ptosis and drooping of the eyelid which is due to diffusion of the drug
- Nose or throat irritation and sinus inflammation
- Injection site pain
Am I a Good Candidate?
Dysport is not recommended for people who are allergic to certain foods or dyes, preservatives, or animals. Injections are also not recommended for children, people over 65 years of age, women who are pregnant or breast feeding, those who are on blood-thinning medications, those with autoimmune diseases or respiratory problems, or those with neurological disorders. It is important that you not only choose a certified doctor, experienced in cosmetic injections, but to also discuss medical history with the doctor before any cosmetic treatment.
If you should experience symptoms of botulism, such as difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness, blurred vision, nausea, or chest tightness and respiratory difficulties, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, because this indicates that the drug has diffused enough to spread to other parts of the body. Dysport seems to travel further from the original injection site than BOTOX®, so it is important that you monitor symptoms carefully.
Major Differences Between Dysport And BOTOX®
Dysport contains less protein than its competitor BOTOX®, so it takes the body more time to break it down. This may cause it to also last longer in the body, but there is mixed data pertaining to longevity. Dysport is less concentrated than BOTOX®, and diffuses from the injection site more than BOTOX®, causing a greater risk of it traveling to other muscles, such as the eyes. Dysport does cost less than BOTOX®, yet it contains part donated, human blood, which presents a risk of viral infection if donor’s blood is not screened. A major difference between the two, is human blood present in Dysport, and that element was of great concern before newer, more efficient screening processes of donor blood became available. Dysport was developed in Ireland, and BOTOX® was developed in the United States.
From reading many Dysport patient reviews, most were very happy with their results being immediate, that is if they were favorable results. Many said that their results lasted longer than BOTOX® injections that they had previously, and it was less painful. However, on the other hand, there were many patients who experienced ptosis (droopy eyelids), and headaches. It seemed as if the patient had any negative health symptoms initially to Dysport, the results of line and wrinkle reduction did not work, and looked worse than before injections.
Reviews that were written about the use of Dysport only in the glabellar region were very positive for the most part, and reviews were more negative about use around the eye and mouth area. This indicates that Dysport should be used for the region for which it was initially approved. Because Dysport spreads to a wider region than BOTOX®, drooping eyelids were reported, even though the eye area was not injected. At least a few of the reviewers tried Dysport due to the lesser cost. Some thought that it worked better, others would not use it again.
The bottom line is to research, ask questions, and be very cognizant of your health, and possible side effects. Both Dysport and BOTOX® are cosmetically injected drugs, and it is a very personal choice as to which one to use. If you do not have a trained, experienced professional administering the injections, chances are that neither will work effectively. It is a decision that needs to be based on knowledge, with consequences taken into account.